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Chana dal

Bindiya Sharma
0 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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Chana dal is the best dal for diabetics because of its low glycemic index, simply means it can never cause your sugar levels to spike up!

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Everyday
  • Punjabi
  • Boiling
  • Main Dish
  • Diabetes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 100g chana dal or chickpea lentils or Bengal gram
  2. 2 green chillies finely chopped
  3. 2 tomatoes
  4. 1 onion finely chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  6. 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  8. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  9. 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida(heeng)
  11. 1 tablespoons olive oil
  12. 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  13. 1 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped


  1. Soak chana dal in water for 2 hours.Wash it and take it out from the water.Now tranfer the chana dal in a pressure cooker.Add 1/2 tablespoon of salt and 1 cup of water.
  2. Heat pressure cooker on medium flame and after one whistle,lower the flame and cook for 7-8 minutes and then switch off the burner(total of 5-6 whistles).
  3. Meanwhile heat olive oil in a deep pan and add cumin seeds and onions.Saute until golden brown.
  4. Grind tomatoes and green chillies to make a thick paste.Add ginger- garlic paste in the pan and then add tomato paste.
  5. Stir for 2-4 minutes.Now add salt,turmeric powder,red chilly powder,coriander powder,garam masala and hing.Mix well.
  6. Now remove the lid of the cooker and transfer chana dal to the pan.Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve with chappatis or rice.

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Suman Dutta
Suman Dutta   Feb-13-2019

Superb taste. Thank you for your recipe.

Mandira Chowdhury
Mandira Chowdhury   Feb-04-2018

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